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1st NNENG Meeting (2011): A Report

1st National Nurse Endoscopist Network Group Meeting
Raddisson BLU Hotel Manchester Airport
27th October 2011

This was the first of hopefully an annual event specifically for and organised by the nurse endoscopists throughout the UK.

The roots of this group were put down several years ago when Cook UK and Esai sponsored the event for about 3 or 4 years this was in the early part of the 00's. We had several successful meetings but unfortunately due to changes in the financial structure and rules and regulations surrounding pharmaceutical and equipment companies funding was withdrawn and the group folded.

Over the past couple of years several companies have expressed an interest in sponsoring an educational event and thus the National Nurse Endoscopist Network meetings were reborn.

To be able to organise this event took some serious planning and I was very pleased when Debbie Ramdass from Chase Farm Hospital in Essex expressed an interest in getting involved. We had an initial planning meeting with the interested Reps from Cook, Pentax and Reckitt Benckiser. This enabled us to put together a draft programme.

Debbie and I spent several hours putting together the programme and seeking willing speakers to present.

We hope that the programme delivered something for everyone although we were quite aware that to please everyone would be a tall order.

Since the meeting I have had the opportunity to read and analyse the feedback given and I hope this in some way demonstrates the overall feeling of people on the day.

I am very pleased to say that the overall score for the day was excellent and the speakers were scored well for the presentations they gave.

Here is the breakdown of the scores and comments for your interest.

69 out of 104 delegates responded to this, which equates to 66%

66 out of 104 delegates responded to this, which equates to 63%

89 out of 104 delegates responded to this, which equates to 85%

88 out of 104 responded to this, which equates to 84%

88 out of 104 delegates responded to this, which equates to 84%

89 out of 104 delegates responded to this which equates to 85%

89 out of 104 delegates responded to this which equates to 85%

85 out of 104 delegates responded to this which equates to 81%

89 out of 104 delegates responded to this which equates to 85%

87 out of 104 delegates responded to this, which equates to 83%

The overall comments that were fed back to us were very positive which gives us a great incentive to plan for next years meeting.

There were a range of comments and I have attempted to group them and respond accordingly.

  • "Excellent Day" - we are very pleased that so many of you responded with this comment. Although we appreciate it is very difficult to meet every individual learning need it seems that a large proportion of those who took the time to respond go a lot out of it.
  • "Prescribing provided a good discussion" - I have fed this back to Jane Brown who has given me a name of the NMC prescribing advisor who is willing to speak next year.
  • "Good Venue" - We deliberated over the venue and had to take a lot of things into consideration such as cost, location, facilities and value for money. We felt the venue offered a good deal and due to its location made it more inclusive for people having to fly.
  • "Too Much Rep Input" - Whilst I acknowledge that this is irritating for some people, the reps had to provide evidence to their companies that they were getting some “pay back” for their generous contributions. Having discussed this with the reps we will re-look at this for next year. It may be however if they do not have “air space” they may not be able to contribute to the level they have this year and the cost will ultimately be passed on to us as delegates.
  • "Parking Charges" I was very dissappointed to have to announce that there was a parking charge for the day. I have spoken to the hotel conferencing organisers and said that unless parking charges are inclusive of the day then it may affect our choice of venue for next year. Having said this their normal parking charge is apparently £19 per day so £7.50 was a significant reduction.
  • "What was the £40 spent on" - Although the reps were very generous in their financial support the level of contribution did not cover the total cost of the day, and therefore the biggest chunk of the delegate fee went towards the cost of the conference package. Debbie and I had to pay some speaker fees and also there were administration costs. I feel that £40 was a fair cost for the day and reflected well in comparison to other health care events such as BSG and other study days. I suspect the cost of next years study day will be around about the same, hopefully this will not exclude people but understand that some may not wish to stand the cost themselves in the absence of any means of claiming the money back from their Trust. This study day is not compulsory, it is run for nurse endoscopists by nurse endoscopists and is non profit making.

This study day will hopefully be the first of many to come, I am pleased that it has been of so much benefit to so many. Debbie and I thank you for your honest and constructive feedback and we will take all the points raised on board whilst planning for next year.

Unfortunately, due to a technical problem the presentations were no forwarded to me, I believe in the main this was due to one of the files being corrupt. I apologise for this but I am afraid it is beyond my control.

If you would like futher information from any of the reps I append their emails below.

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If anyone wants to be involved in the organisation of the next meeting please feel free to contact me. Representation from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland would be welcome.